12040 Garrett Bay Rd.
Ellison Bay, WI 54210


Daily | 12pm – 6pm




– Island Orchard Cider –

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Film director gets serious about making hard cider

Bob Purman bought his first camera with savings from his paper route. Years later, he built a career directing commercials, and he especially loved telling the stories of farmers and food producers.

During a trip to Brittany, France, some years back to visit his wife's family, he tried hard ciders. Different from the sweet American counterparts he'd tried, these less-sweet versions inspired him to make his own. He started out making small batches in his basement.

About a decade ago, Purman started getting serious about the cider. In 2011 he took the leap from hobbyist to selling his hard cider and opening a tasting room in Ellison Bay. The award-winning cider is distributed exclusively in Wisconsin, with production at 20,000 gallons this year.

Purman runs Island Orchard Cider with his wife of 35 years, Yannique. They split their time between their home in Fox Point and Door County, where they run a tasting room in Ellison Bay along with the orchard on Washington Island.

Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel



12040 Garrett Bay Rd.,
Ellison Bay, WI 54210

Island Orchard Cider is located just off of Highway 42 on the North side of Ellison Bay. Our main parking lot is on Garrett Bay Road with additional parking off of Highway 42 that includes a slight walk.

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